2017 International Climate Alliance Conference programme

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Registration deadline: 8 Septebmer. Simultaneous translation into German, English and Spanish will be available unless otherwise noted. Space is limited for some conference sessions. Programme subject to change.

20 September | 21 September | 22 September

Project Lab Stand
Throughout the conference, participants can get advice on getting project ideas funded, find partners with similar interests, get involved with already running projects or even have face to face meetings with funding experts at the Project Lab Stand.Tell us about your project ideas by 8 September with the form below.

Project ideas form | Meet an expert sign up | Read more

Wednesday, 20 September

14:00 – 17:00 Working Groups, Haus der Technik (EN)

  • Adaptation to Climate Change (registration by email)
  • CO2 Monitoring (by invitation only)

17:30 – 19:00 City tour of Essen, Tourist Information Office (EN | DE)
19:00 – 20:30 Get Together
, Essen City Hall of Essen (EN | DE)

The Mayor of Essen, Thomas Kufen, invites Climate Alliance members for drinks, light snacks and an informal exchange on the 22nd floor of Essen’s City Hall. A special highlight will be Oro Verde's "Here and there" exhibition on consumption and the rainforest.

    Thursday, 21 September

    Location: Haus der Technik   

    Moderation:  Minu Hemmati

    8:15 – 9:00 Registration
    9:00 – 10:00 Opening and welcome

    • Werner Klaffke, Executive Director, Haus der Technik, Essen
    • Michael Theben, Head of Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy, Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia
    • Holger Matthäus Climate Alliance President |  Senator for Buildings and Environment, City of Rostock
    • Tine Heyse, Climate Alliance President | Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and North-South, City of Ghent
    • Eriberto Gualinga, Kichwa Community Sarayaku, Ecuador
    • Kai Lipsius, Environmental Department, City of Essen
      European Green Capital - Essen 2017 short film

    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
    13:00 In Situ Sessions

    In these sessions, participants will leave the conference location to see examples of transformation throughout Essen, having the chance to speak with stakeholders and civil society as well as representatives from other municipalities with inspiring stories to tell.

    1. Climate migrants (in plenary)
      Dina Ionesco, Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division of the International Organisation for Migration will lead this session on global migration flows, setting those fleeing their homes as a result of climate change in the spotlight.
      Short film "5 Misconceptions about Environmental Migration"
    2. Transformation as an opportunity for adaptation
      See how Essen is using broader urban transformation processes as an opportunity to adapt to climate change and exchange with other municipal representatives on the subject. (max 20 participants | bike tour)
    3. Fossil free!
      How can the local level go fossil free and supply energy needs with 100% renewable energies? Share your ideas and help revitalise the “100% Renewable Energy Regions” network in Germany. (max 20 participants | via public transport)
      Peter Moser, Institut dezentrale Energietechnologien
    4. Divest!
      Hear from cities that have divested from fossil fuels to ensure that municipal investments support local climate policy. How can we make better use of our public funds? (max 20 participants | via public transport)
    5. Empowering neighbourhoods
      Discuss how a focus on neighbourhood-based, bottom-up approaches can raise awareness for both sustainability and energy saving while leading to lasting engagement. (max 20 participants |15 min walk)
    6. Smart energy use
      Simply making consumption visible can often result in a smarter use of energy. Join the discussion about energy savings potentials and awareness raising with techniques such as smart metering. Agenda (pdf) (max 25 participants | via public transport)
      Katharina Kemler, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
    7. Changing climate cultures
      How can we work together to change Climate Culture? Understand what an important role cultural aspects play in successful climate action. (max 20 participants | 20 min walk)
    8. Fair lifestyles
      Get exposure to examples of fair and sustainable micro movements in Essen using the GreenApes city app as your “sustainable” tour guide. (max 10 participants | ca. 90min walking tour)
    9. Local financing for local energy
      See how participatory financing via energy cooperatives in collaboration with local authorities can accelerate investments towards a just energy transition. Read more (max 20 participants |10 min walk)
      Daan Creupelandt, REScoop.eu vzw     
      Tine Heyse, Gemeente Gent
    10. Think bike!
      Experience Essen’s sustainable mobility by bike on the new RS1 bicycle highway and discuss how the right city planning can promote climate-friendly transport.
      (max 20 participants | bike tour)
    11. Making use of geothermal
      Geothermal energy sources can provide great opportunities for sustainable energy. Discuss this often overlooked resource as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with its use. (max 20 participants | via public transport)

    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 17:00 Climate Alliance General Assembly

    The General Assembly has adopted the resolution “Local and regional authorities as drivers of climate action and sustainability ‒ towards a good life for all” and underlines with it the importance of the local and regional level in implementing Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.
    For background on Climate Alliance activities in 2016, please see the 2017 annual report.

    19:00 – 23:00 "Einfach. Essen." (Simply Essen), Dampfe Brewery, Essen-Borbeck

    Friday, 22 September

    Location: Haus der Technik   

    Moderation:  Minu Hemmati

    9:00 – 9:15 Wake up call and review
    9:15 – 10:15 COP23 in Bonn – Implementing the Paris Agreement

    10:30 – 12:00 Workshops

    1. Project ideas laboratory – Finding funding opportunities and project partners (EN | DE)
      Financing climate action is a challenge for many local authorities. The project ideas laboratory is the highlight of this conference’s offerings on financing. Hear from experts on various European funding programmes, discuss concrete project ideas with peers and get an edge on the partner search. Agenda (pdf) | Project ideas form | Meet an expert sign up | Read more

      With contributions from

      • Giustino Piccolo and Jeppe Jensen, Climate Alliance European Secretariat
      • Ute Micke and Priska Sonntag, Project Management Jülich – Horizon 2020 Energy  National Contact Point for Germany
      • Edouard Gatineau, Urban Innovative Actions Initiative
      • Anna Lotta Nagel, Service- und Kompetenzzentrum Kommunaler Klimaschutz (SK:KK)

    2. Shaping successful partnerships for climate action (EN | DE)
      Climate partnerships on the municipal and regional levels are integral to many local climate action activities. What forms do these partnerships take and how do they work? Learn about their synergies and benefits for municipalities as well as various possibilities to forge your own climate partnerships.

      With contributions from

      • Anne Turfin and Miguel Morcillo, Climate Alliance European Secretariat
      • Reinhold Lieser, City of Worms (DE)
      • Viktor Klein, Birkenfeld Association of Municipalities (DE)

    3. From political goals to action on the regional level (EN | DE)
      Climate change mitigation and adaptation are tasks for all administrative levels. See how the regional level can support municipalities with the pooling of their efforts. Share your experiences and discuss the challenges that arise when turning political goals into concrete action.

      With contributions from

      • Andreas Kress, Climate Alliance European Secretariat
      • Rhiannon Phillips, Office of the Secretary of State, Wales (tbc)
      • Aitor Oregi, Director of Energy, Mines and Industrial Administration, Basque Government
      • Martin Krings, Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy, German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
      • Andrea Dornhöfer, Innovationszentrum W.E.I.Z

    4. CO2, the end all and be all? Opportunities and limits of quantification (DE)
      Climate change mitigation efforts and political negotiations typically place a narrow focus on CO2 emissions. This workshop will give insight into the various ways in which municipalities determine and interpret CO2 emissions. Join the discussion about the chances and the limits of quantification.

      With contributions from

    5. (Em)power to change – Towards climate just pathways (EN | DE | ES)
      Every day, local authorities make decisions that are not only relevant to their residents, but also impact regions and people in other parts of the world. Together with our indigenous partners, we will discuss the effects of our actions as well as local approaches and alternative.

      With contributions from

      • Dietmar Mirkes, Klima-Bündnis Luxembourg | Action Solidarité Tiers Monde
      • Eriberto Gualinga, Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador
      • Edwin Vásquez, General Coordinator, COICA

    12:00 – 13:30 Coffee & Marketplace – Members show how they are transforming their municipalities

    At the marketplace, Climate Alliance members have the opportunity to have their own stand, sharing their experiences and inspiring targeted exchange with peers.

    Apply for a stand by 8 September by emailing Angela Hanisch a.hanisch(at)climatealliance.org.

    13:30 – 14:00 Results and take home messages

    14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

    15:00 – 18:00 Excursions

    1. 15:00 – 18:00 Green Capital bike tour (EN | DE)
      This 25 km bike tour leads through Essen’s northern districts to a number of interesting examples of climate action including Essen’s largest solar installation, a sustainable industrial park, the Elting district’s energy make-over, the Hexbachtal nature reserve and the green infrastruture of Lake Niederfeld.
    2. 14:30 – 17:00 The Zollverein Coal Mine by e-bus (DE)
    3. 15:30 – 18:00 The Zollverein Coal Mine by e-bus (EN)
      Experience an important part of Essen’s past via electric bus. The Zollverein World Heritage Site, with its impressive architecture and perfectly preserved facilities, is a testimony to Essen’s transformation, having produced some 240 million tons of coal until operations ceased in 1986.
    4. 15:00 – 18:00 Stormwater management (EN | DE)
      See how stormwater is managed on large and small scales as well as how its effect is taken into account in urban design and flood protection in the Emscher river basin. Brought to you by the Emscher Cooperative and Lippeverband as well as by POWER, an EU project on sustainable water management.


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    Photos: City - Johannes Kassenberg | Boats - Daniel Müller | Bridge - Jochen Tack